The Lagos State Government says it has placed 4,000 unemployed graduates on N40,000 monthly salary for six months.
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, made this known on Wednesday during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the Second Year in the Office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Arobieke said this was implemented through the ministry’s Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP) intended to address the challenge of unemployment among unemployed graduates in Lagos State.
According to her, through the initiative, interns will be given the opportunity to excel and possibly learn a job with the organization; as they are exposed to professional skills and interpersonal relationships in a structured setting.
She said the programme would expose interns to the possible niche of entrepreneurial opportunities and provide opportunities for the graduates to have employability skills and exposure to today’s world of work.
”The GIPP is meant to assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and other companies to choose from the state’s database of groomed talent/interns, to enhance productivity and boost their businesses, thereby, promoting economic growth at no cost through the intervention of the state government.
”A total of 51,514 graduates applied for the internship online, over 1,932 companies indicated an interest in onboarding the interns after their training, and 4,736 applicants attempted the online Assessment Test.
”About 1,000 candidates who scored a minimum of 60 percent were invited for the first tranche of the employability skills training, while 4,000 interns are targeted to be placed on a monthly stipend of N40,000 for six months.
”You will agree with me that the state government under Sanwo-Olu is leaving no stone unturned in mitigating the unemployment scourge,” Arobieke said.
She said the ministry’s Employability Department, during the period under review, organized youth-focused programmes which included the ”Mindset Re-Orientation Programme”
Arobieke said the programme was aimed at reorientating the mindset of the unemployed youths in facing the realities of the present-day labour market.
According to her, observations have shown that the number of unemployed youths seeking employment and particularly, white collar jobs outnumber the vacancies required to be filled.
”Hence, the need for reorientation of the mindset of the job seekers to imbibe learning vocational and technical skills to be self-employed.
”The 2020 edition of this programme had 2,163 unemployed youths that participated in the webinar with seasoned practitioners in various fields or areas of specializations as facilitators,” she said.
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